Meaning and Representation in History (Google eBook)

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Jorn Rusen
Berghahn Books, Aug 15, 2006 - History - 292 pages
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History has always been more than just the past. It involves a relationship between past and present, perceived, on the one hand, as a temporal chain of events and, on the other, symbolically as an interpretation that gives meaning to these events through varying cultural orientations, charging it with norms and values, hopes and fears. And it is memory that links the present to the past and therefore has to be seen as the most fundamental procedure of the human mind that constitutes history: memory and historical thinking are the door of the human mind to experience. At the same time, it transforms the past into a meaningful and sense bearing part of the present and beyond. It is these complex interrelationships that are the focus of the contributors to this volume, among them such distinguished scholars as Paul Ricoeur, Johan Galtung, Eberhard Lammert, and James E. Young. Full of profound insights into human society pat and present it is a book that not only historians but also philosophers and social scientists should engage with.

  

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Contents

What does Making sense of history mean?
1
MEANING
7
Chapter 1 MemoryForgettingHistory
9
Chapter 2 How Meaning Came into the Worldand What Became of It
20
What does it mean?
40
Chapter 4 The Meaning of History
65
Chapter 5 The Meanings of History
89
Chapter 6 The Three Levels of Sinnbildung in Historical Writing
108
Chapter 9 Flights from History
155
Chapter 10 Memory and Identity
169
Chapter 11 The Material Presence of the Past
183
A Visual Expression of Historical Meaning
209
Chapter 13 Three Versions of Wallenstein
223
Chapter 14 The Arts of Jewish Memory in a Postmodern Age
239
Bibliography
255
Notes on the Contributors
267

Chapter 7 The Reality of History
123
Chapter 8 Language and Historical Experience
137
REPRESENTATION
153

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About the author (2006)

Jorn Rusen was Professor of Modern History at the Universities of Bochum and Bielefeld for many years. From 1994 to 1997 he was the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF). Since 1997 he has been President of the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut), Essen.

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